On September 26, 2012, at 1:35AM, the Fairview Township Fire Department was dispatched to the Hillside Cafe, located at 589 Salem Road, Etters, for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were seen coming from the southeast corner of the restaurant. The Hillside Cafe sustained severe damage due to the fire.
The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal, in conjunction with members of the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, investigated the scene and determined the cause of the fire to be accidental. The damage to the building is estimated to be approximately $2.5 million dollars.